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View Results: Do the LEO's in your State enforce the "Keep Right Except to Pass" laws
Yes, They enforce it often 1 0.49%
Yes but NOT very often. 23 11.17%
NO, I have NEVER seen it enforced 165 80.10%
No, I don't think our state has such a law. 17 8.25%
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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Left lane enforcement POLL

This post got me thinking.

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I would assume so but apparently DAKEZ isn't familiar with the "left lane is for passing only" law which is enforced in most states.
I stay mostly in the West so I do NOT ride in "Most States" but this post made me laugh because From my experience the 'Keep Right Except to Pass' laws are NOT enforced.

So here we are. Answer the poll. State Your State and "Yes" or "No" in a post. I would like it very much if I were to be proven wrong on this.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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This post got me thinking.



I stay mostly in the West so I do NOT ride in "Most States" but this post made me laugh because From my experience the 'Keep Right Except to Pass' laws are NOT enforced.

So here we are. Answer the poll. State Your State and "Yes" or "No" in a post. I would like it very much if I were to be proven wrong on this.
its world wide from my experience

fr auzzie

except we should keep left

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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WA, OR Nope

MT, ID Yes, But not as often as they should.


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Old 03-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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I commute 30,000 miles a year in Indiana and Kentucky.
Plenty of slow drivers in the left lane. I have never seen
any of them get pulled over.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #5
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Saw it written for 25/35 in left lane. Judge tossed it saying the law was vague. In Idaho there is usually a hidden "if the situation allows". so tickets get tossed. Irritating.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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Sorry folks,
Very few states have "keep right except to pass" laws.
http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:43 PM   #7
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Sorry folks,
Very few states have "keep right except to pass" laws.
http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html

Thank you for the Link.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:47 PM   #8
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New Jersey yes39:4-88Passing on right prohibited unless vehicles are in "substantially continuous lines". 39:4-85.

SO yeah, that is why the right lane is often the fastest around here
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:46 AM   #9
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Ancient history - I got tagged on the Ohio TPK back in the '70's by a State Trooper for driving in the left lane. Had passed a car and then neglected to get back into the right lane. Middle of the night, negligible traffic. $75 lesson.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:02 AM   #10
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Haven't seen anybody pulled over for going too slow in the left (and just like everyone else reading this, I've seen way too many slow drivers in the "fast lane").

However, a couple years ago I did see a Washington State Police cruiser pull over a slow driving twit in a Subaru wagon on Highway 20 for not taking a pullout and letting the pile of vehicles behind him go past.

For those of you not familiar with Washington, on two-lane roads they post frequent signs telling drivers to pull over and let cars pass if more than 5 cars are behind them (and the pullouts are clearly marked with lots of "upcoming" signs as well).

How do I know that's what he was pulled over for? I was stopped at a scenic overlook having a cold drink and a smoke and letting my boys have some dangle time when the Subaru and WSP cruiser pulled up and practically blocked me in, so I heard the whole exchange.

The driver was a Washingtonian, and the car was festooned with the type of bumper stickers one usually associates with many Prius owners, or just about anyone that owns a vehicle in Portland. :)

I actually heard the Subie owner use words like "mellow", "environment" and "oppression, man, that's just oppression".

And the WSP officer using words like "dangerous", "unsafe", "signs", "posted speed" and finally losing his cool: "Sir! I paced you for five miles at 35-40 in a 55! You had over ten cars behind you and prompted a couple of dangerous passes! You drove by 2 pullouts that I saw, and there were at least 10 signs about the law since you got on this road! Are you intoxicated, taking medication or just plain born impaired?"

Long story longer, the guy got a ticket, and I had a hell of a time trying not to grin like an idiot or laughing until the cruiser pulled out. :)
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:03 AM   #11
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I have NEVER seen this law enforced in any US State. In most places it is ignored with impunity by all and sundry - but often as a matter of necessity due to the number of people who will cruise in the "passing lane", regardless of the law or traffic patterns around them.

In Europe it's an entirely different state of affairs. In the UK, I don't know of anyone actually being ticketed but the rule is generally fairly well adhered to and the self-appointed vigilante right-lane cruisers will usually get quite excited when someone blasts past them on the left (swap right for left for comparison with USA or mainland Europe.) In European countries with traditionally very fast roads (Italy, Germany) the lane discipline is much better and it is my understanding that the rules are vigorously enforced.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:18 AM   #12
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I have spent several years working different projects from the east coast out to Colorado/WY which means mucho travel. In all my time slabbing I have NEVER seen any LEO enforce the "Keep right unless passing".

I65 from Indy up to Chicago is the worst stretch of interestate I have ever had the displeasure of driving. The speed limit is lower for trucks so they will run side by side 10 mph slower than traffic flow for miles and miles.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:11 AM   #13
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It's the law in Maine. Many signs here to remind drivers to stay right. Signs along the freeways. Signs wherever a 2-lane road has a "truck" lane. They're not called truck lane; the standard sign says "slower traffic stay right". Every time. People still cruise past those signs in the left lane while well below the speed limit.

EDIT: Forgot to say there's no enforcement.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:19 AM   #14
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Most stated DO have keep right laws

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Sorry folks,
Very few states have "keep right except to pass" laws.
http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html
I looked at a few of the referenced statutes and it looks like MOST STATES HAVE KEEP RIGHT LAWS. The way I read those coded yellow they state that an operator pull to the right if they are going slower or if there is traffic behind. To me it looks like both green and yellow prohibit holding up traffic in the right lane.

That leaves a handful of states that don't have such a law.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:58 AM   #15
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It's certainly the law here, and is posted by signs in as many places as it isn't. Few follow it, and no LEOs enforce it.
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